Posts Tagged With: Jurgen Klopp

Adam Lallana has transformed his Liverpool career and is becoming a key player for Liverpool

When Liverpool signed Adam Lallana back in the summer of 2014 eyebrows were raised at the 25million price tag that former boss Brendan Rodgers forked out. This was a player that had just two years experience in English footballs top flight division having played for Southampton for 8 seasons, playing in league one and the championship before Southampton were promoted to the Premier League in 2012.

Lallana was a key figure in Southampton earning back to back promotions from league one to the Premier League, he scored 8 goals in the season they were promoted to the championship from league one and scored 11 goals in the championship where they spent just the one season before reaching the so called ‘holy grail’ having fallen so far away from top level football for a number of years.

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana was a key figure to help Southampton get back to back promotions from league 1 to the Premier league

Lallana struggled to get to grips with the Premier League in the Saints first season back in the top flight and it wasn’t till the second season where he showcased his talents to the world, he scored a impressive 9 goals in the league for Southampton as they had achieved a top half of the table finish and he also got in the PFA shortlist for player of the season at the annual Premier League awards. Lallana was rewarded for his good season with a place in England’s 2014 World Cup campaign, and this prompted Liverpool to swiftly move in for him.

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

Lallana earned a move to Liverpool after a having a great season at Southampton

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Daniel Sturridge’s performance against Leicester causes selection headache for Klopp

Daniel Sturridge produced a scintillating performance against Leicester City at Anfield on Saturday night, the kind that showed he can and is adapting to Klopp’s high tempo style of play.

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

Sturridge had a scintillating game against Leicester

There has been much criticism of Daniel Sturridge not suiting Klopp’ style of play and there is a fair point as there was a time when he really didn’t look like he was willing to run for the team. Much has also been written about Klopp’s relationship with Sturridge after Divock Origi came on of the bench before Sturridge in the 1-1 draw with Spurs before the international break, thus people saying that Sturridge has been relegated to third choice striker even though he is our best striker that we have.

Much was made of Sturridge's reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

Much was made of Sturridge’s reaction when Origi came on of the bench before him

When Klopp named Sturridge in the starting line up to face Leicester for the grand opening of the new and impressive stand at Anfield it raised a few eyebrows after what has been written by many newspapers and media outlets about Klopp and Sturridge’s so called ‘relationship’. To Liverpool fans we were not surprised to see Sturridge back in the starting line up as simply put he is our best striker and finisher, this Klopp surely knows regardless of what is being written and simply isn’t true.

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Divock Origi – ‘People forget I’m 20 but I have everything here to become a big player’

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

Origi celebrates against Dortmund

The 20 year old Belgium was preferred to Daniel Sturridge for the first leg with Borussia Dortmund, and he repaid his managers faith by scoring a crucial away goal.

It wasn’t just the fact that he scored but he put in a massive performance emphasising what Klopp wants in a striker, his movement and pace caused Dortmund problems all game but he also showcased the other part of his game which is he has gained a lot, which is his strength that he has gained recently and he used this to bring the midfielders into play.

Origi’s only real problem right now is the fact that he has scored just 6 goals this season in 28 appearances, with three of these coming against Southampton in the Capital One Cup, albeit most of his appearances have come from the bench.

He knows he has to improve but he needs time to develop into a accomplished striker for the Reds.

I have learned a lot, I’ve adapted a lot. I’m still young, only 20 and people sometimes forget that,” he said.

“I’m grateful to be at this big club, where people believe in me and everything is here for me to become a big player, which is my aim.

“I’m happy that I’m making these steps and hopefully that continues.

“It was playing a big team and as the striker I had a big responsibility [against Dortmund] but I felt the support of everybody from the coach to my team-mates and the fans.

“Everyone tried to help me as much as possible and it showed in my performance.

“You can feel the support and it gives me a boost. It does make a difference to experience that.

“Everyone said I should play to my qualities, which is getting in behind the defenders and taking them on one-on-one and of course, importantly, scoring.

“We worked a lot tactically and he (Klopp) knows my qualities and told me just to use them.

“I’m very happy that I could do this.”

Asked about who the favourites are of the tie going into the second leg at Anfield, Origi reiterated what Klopp said in his press conference which was that there are no favourites and the tie is evenly balanced.

“For me, there’s no favourites,” added Origi, who could make way for Sturridge to return against Stoke on Sunday.

“We are a good team and they are a good team. We have to show on the pitch we are capable of doing good things and we have to finish it off at Anfield.

“We have to be confident and if we are at 100 per cent, we will go through.”

 

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